All 18 Songs from The Karate Kid Soundtrack
The studio did not release a soundtrack album with the songs from The Karate Kid remake, but you can find all 18 of the songs from the movie here. This remake is much more than a remix. It takes you on a completely different music journey, with tunes from The Roots, Gorillaz, Flo Rida, Lady GaGa, Justin Bieber, John Mayer and even some AC/DC. I guess the new direction isn’t surprising. Jaden Smith is no Ralph Macchio; nor is Jackie Chan anything like Pat Morita.
The music is certainly a departure from the original Karate Kid which featured Survivor’s Moment of Truth, as well as the movie’s climactic and iconic song “You’re the Best” by Joe Esposito. It’s also far from the musical tack taken in Karate Kid 2, which was defined by Peter Cetera’s love them “Glory of Love”.
It’s a good mix of songs though and is fitting for the re-imagination of the fish out of water, kid fights for his honor and the respect of a guiding elder story that is at the heart of each of the Karate Kid films.
Here’s the complete list of songs from the 2010 version of The Karate Kid. They should be in the order that they appeared in the movie. I’ve also added the scenes that they were in.
- Opening song – Do You Remember – Kamaljit Jhooti
- Taking plane to China – Say – John Mayer
- Watching TV in Beijing apartment – SpongeBob SquarePants Theme – Patrick Pinney, Devin Johnson, Sara Paxton and Camryn Walling
- Playing basketball – The Tribute (DJ Zeph Remix) – Colossus
- Ping Pong – Here I Come – The Roots
- Girl’s headphones – Minerva Quartets – Camilla Kjoll, Lina Marie Arnes, Lisa Sorenson and Tiril Dorum Bengtsson
- Song playing on his headphones – Baby I’m Back – Baby Bash
- Nocturne For Piano No. 20 In C Sharp Minor – Alyssa Park
- Hahn will teach him kung fu and skateboarding – Dirty Harry (Schtung Chinese New Year Remix) – Gorillaz
- (unknown scene) – Steppin’ Up – K T Wilder
- Going to have fun/ day with the girl – Bang Bang – K’Naan
- He plays the dance game – Low – Flo Rida
- She plays the dance game – Poker Face – Lady GaGa
- Boy’s audition – Flight Of The Bumblebee – Balazs Szokolay
- Jackie Chan sings in the car – Xin Ying – Xuan Qu
- Kicks the bell and start of the tournament – Back In Black – AC/DC
- Wins first match and montage of the next matches – Higher Ground – Red Hot Chili Peppers
- End credits – Never Say Never – Justin Bieber
Original music for The Karate Kid – James Horner